PANAMA CITY, Fla. - The 30th Annual Boat Parade of Lights was Saturday night at the Panama City Marina. More than 40 boats took part in the parade. A lot of those boats took it to the next level this year with music, costumes, and so much more. It was also a very special year because it was the 30th anniversary of the parade.
"This is part of living on the water. This is what makes it a lot of fun to be on the coast is to get to see something unique like this," said Lt. Col. Tyndall Air Force base Richard McCurdy, also a judge.
Boat after boat passed the marina, showing off their Christmas displays, which many of them worked several weeks to put together.
"They work so hard today we had people that definitely took it to a new level. So it was just a blast for everybody and it's all about Christmas spirit!" said Veronica Kemeny, Boat Parade of Lights Chairman.
For most, the night was about spending valuable time with family and friends.
"I mean it's absolutely beautiful. So being here in the local community getting to see this it's a lot of fun," said McCurdy.
After three decades in Panama City, the boat parade is truly a symbol of the unique and wonderful spirit of the town.
"I call it the boat parade of the south. It's just so exciting that everybody loves to get their boat out in Florida," said Kemeny.
People were encouraged to bring an unwrapped toy to donate to Toys for Tots. All the toys collected tonight will be given to local children in need during the holidays.
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